“How can a mother die?”

The greatest influence on the poet and social reformer Behram Malabari was his mother

The following extract is reprinted from I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari with permission from the author, Harmony Siganporia, and the publishers, Orient Black Swan. The information on Malabari’s early life was gleaned from Dayaram Gidumal’s The Life and Life-Work of Behramji M. Malabari and R. P. Karkaria’s India, Forty Years of Reform and Progress, Being a Sketch of the Life and Times of Behramji M. Malabari. Malabari (1853-1912) was a social reformer, poet and journalist. He championed the rights of Hindu women and successfully campaigned against child marriage amongst other social causes. Behram Malabari was born......

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